School is out for the summer, which means kids are sitting at home with little parent supervision for the next few months. With internet-connected devices being so widely available, it can be difficult to protect kids online.
At Marcus Networking, they work with multiple local businesses in Phoenix metro and across the country. Business owners come to them to help them install device and internet restrictions at the workplace to increase productivity. These same tools can be utilized at home. Today’s children are more tech-savvy than ever which means it’s more important to protect them online. Here are some tips to help monitor exactly what your kids are doing at home while you’re at work.
There are two main paths to control what kids can access on their internet-connected devices: internet level and device level.
Putting restrictions at the internet level can control web access across multiple devices while on your home Wi-Fi network.
The easiest way to do this is with your home router. Look for routers with web-locking capabilities. They can block certain websites across the network via the router’s web console. Some routers can even limit access to certain apps and websites at chosen times of day. You can make sure that kids don’t spend too much time online. You’re also able to block access to social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter until you get home so you can supervise them.
Restrictions on a device level can control access of specific tablets, smartphones and laptops outside of your home Wi-Fi network. This helps if your child leaves home to go to a friend’s house. If you want to restrict a device’s web access beyond your home Wi-Fi network, programs like PhoneSheriff and Norton Family Premier can monitor and restrict device activity. Features and number of devices supported vary between programs, so look into multiple services to find the right fit for your family.
Keep your kids safe online this summer wherever they are. For more information on networking and internet security, visit marcusnetworking.com.
Written By: Eric Marcus
Marcus Networking is locally-based and has been in the valley for more than 15 years. The company represents a variety of industries such as medical and legal, manufacturing and retail, produce and finance, schools and nonprofits. To find out more information about Marcus Networking visit online at marcusnetworking.com or on Facebook at facebook.com/MarcusNetworking.